Category: Actions

Nature Conservation Council NSW: Protest Anti-Protest NSW Legislation

Dear Everyone,

As early as tomorrow, the Baird government plans to rush through anti-protest legislation in an attempt to silence community protest against mining giants, logging companies and climate polluters.

The right to protest is at the core of our democracy. Show Premier Baird you won’t sit by and let big business re-write our laws – join us for a protest at midday tomorrow (Tuesday) outside the NSW Parliament.

If it weren’t for committed people standing up for what they believe in, the Franklin River would have been dammed, our beautiful rainforests would have been logged and the Northern Rivers and Gloucester would soon have become coal seam gas fields.

Join us tomorrow and leave Premier Baird a message that coal and gas giants should never decide our laws.

When: 12pm, Tuesday, March 15.

Where: In front of the NSW Parliament, 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney. Map here.

What: Show Premier Baird you oppose his anti-protest laws and hear from community leaders concerned about the changes.

Share: Invite your friends to come via the Facebook event here.

The proposed anti-protest laws were announced on the same day the government said it would reduce fines for mining companies breaking the law from over $1 million to only $5,000.

If passed, the proposed anti-protest laws would:

  • Increase fines for aggravated entry onto inclosed lands (i.e. trespassing on a mine site) tenfold from $550 to $5,500;
  • Threaten up to seven years jail for those who interfere with mining or coal seam gas equipment;
  • Expand the powers of police to break up protests and forcibly move people on; and
  • Give new search and seizure powers to police to reduce the ability to ‘lock-on’ anywhere in the state, not simply at protest sites.

    Today we stand on the shoulders of a proud history of protest in NSW. In honour of those who have laid the path for us and those who will come after, we must show the Baird government the right to protest is non-negotiable.

    Let us know you’re coming on Facebook and ask you friends.

    If you can’t join us, please leave a message for Premier Baird by calling his office on (02) 8574 5000. By hitting the streets and the phone lines, let’s send our Premier a loud message that we won’t be silenced.

    Onwards!

    Daisy Barham
    Campaigns Director
    Nature Conservation Council of NSW

Learning the Gomeroi Language

Yaama (Welcome, g’day, hello).

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At recent visit to camp, some Gomeroi teachers introduced participants to their spoken language. It is hard to convert a spoken language to a written one like native english speakers are used to, but here goes.
We were introduced to dhiibuungindandangayibadhaay which are several words rolled into one as the language is a flowing, rythmic language, unlike english.
Some of the things learned:
Dhiibuungindandangayibadhaay – would you like/do you like a cup of tea in the morning?
Wanagidjah – stop.
Yanaya – must go, bugger off
Burraybidigiirr – stinks, stinking, big fart
Warray-aabal-danha – all stand up
Walarr-milanda-walarr – shoulder to shoulder
Inarr – women
Gunyar – police
Guurraamalaabala
Marrii
Wanda
Ngiyani
Maalgirr
We all resist
Blackfellas
Whitefellas
All of us
United
You can learn more from the online dictionary.